Prepare the animal to be put up for adoption
To increase the chances of getting a pet a new owner, and being successful in a new residence, it is important that the pet is:
- In good health
- Clean and well-groomed
- Trained for their needs in the home, and reasonably well behaved
Although your local shelter cannot adopt your pet, they may be able to offer you other assistance. Some have clinics, offering low-cost spay and neuter. Or obedience classes and training. They may have community newsletters where information about animals available for adoption can be posted.
Advertise widely when getting a pet a new owner
Pass the information on as many places as possible to increase your chances of success in getting a pet a new owner. Here are some tips.
Photos and descriptions help people connect with pets. Write an advertisement that describes your pet’s personality, habits, and some of the little things that make this animal special. Don’t hide disabilities, health problems, or behavioral quirks. Sometimes it is these things that attract the sensitivity of potential adopters.
Publicity materials are inexpensive to produce. And sometimes, very effective. Especially when they include a good photo and dynamic description of the animal. They work very well especially in adult animals, or with animals with special needs. Post the ads throughout your community, wherever there are likely adopters. Health food stores, supermarkets, libraries, churches, gyms, sports equipment stores are just a few examples where you can put your ads.
Putting the description and the photo on the electronic pages, dedicated to pets to adopt is another very effective method to find a new home for your pet. Check with your local shelters to see if they have online pet adoption websites where you can register your pet. There are specific places for certain types of animals.
To find a home for a dog of a particular breed or mixed breed, look for a rescue group of a particular breed where you can advertise your dog. (On the web, search for “breed rescue,” using the name of the particular breed.)
Use word of mouth propaganda, and community contact postings
Word of mouth “ads” shouldn’t be underestimated! Tell everyone about the pet that you are in need of a new home, and ask friends, co-workers, and family members to help spread your ad. It could be that the daughter of a neighbor’s dad who is a co-worker is looking for a new pet. Tell people you know to mention it in your church bulletin, send it through your office system, email, or distribute a few flyers with your book club members.
Take the pet for a walk before getting a pet a new owner
(This works especially well with dogs.) The more time an exposed pet spends in parks with other people, the more likely the appropriate person is to like it. Take them for a walk, to pet supply stores, to nearby parks, you could even put on a colorful scarf or a sign that says “Adopt me” or “Looking for a home.” Find out if your local shelter has special adoption days in other locations; if so, they may let you show your pet.
Be imaginative, positive, and persistent
There are many animals that need a home at all times, so finding a home for them can take a bit of work. So try to have a positive attitude, because there are good homes for them. Explore all the options you can think of to find a home for your pet. Creativity and persistence are generally very well rewarded.
Remember that you are the best option for this pet to find a new home.
You might think that shelters or rescue groups might be the most expert in finding a place for your pet. This is because they have the experience, services, standards to select, etc. But for an individual who knows the particular animal, they can focus all their efforts on that pet, offering the best information to the future adopter. And, also, can determine the most appropriate new home. Also, any shelter or sanctuary is stressful for an animal. The shelter setting, no matter how good, can bring stress-related problems. Anxiety, aggression, and sometimes illness are common and these reactions can make adoption difficult or impossible.